GOP Rep. Presses Mueller for ‘Relying a Lot on Media’: How Much Did You Cite NYT? WaPo? Fox News?
Congresswoman Debbie Lesko questioned Robert Mueller Wednesday morning on his report’s citation of various different news sources.
“Mr. Mueller, rather than purely relying on the evidence provided by witnesses and documents, I think you relied a lot on media. I’d like to know how many times you cited the Washington Post in your report,” she said.
Mueller didn’t know the exact number. Lesko said it was about 60 times.
She then asked, “How many times did you cite the New York Times?”
Again, Mueller didn’t have the exact number, and the congresswoman said, “I counted about 75 times.”
Finally, she asked, “How many times did you cite Fox News?”
Mueller said, “As with the other two, I have no idea.”
“About 25 times,” Lesko said. “I’ve got to say, it looks like Volume II is mostly regurgitated press stories. Honestly, there’s almost nothing in Volume II that I couldn’t already hear or know simply by having a $50 cable news subscription.”
Mueller did not respond, but Wall Street Journal reporter Rebecca Ballhaus provided some context:
GOP Rep. Lesko suggests the Mueller report is essentially a clip job, relying on the reporting of the NYT, WaPo and Fox News.
While Mueller didn’t get time to respond, his report makes clear that his findings were sourced to witnesses—and that the reporting was also correct.
— Rebecca Ballhaus (@rebeccaballhaus) July 24, 2019
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